RuneScape has transitioned from Java to NXT after fifteen years0 Comments
It wasn’t that long ago that RuneScape released Classic Mode; the ability to play the game almost exactly like it was when it first released back in 2001. The online MMORPG has been receiving updates constantly over the course of its fifteen year life, and it’s now shirking its Java core in lieu of a new NXT structure.
RuneScape has received graphical updates in the past, but they have always been implemented through the Java script. Jagex, the developer of the long-running game, has commented that this will allow Runescape to remain future-proof for much longer. Having boasted over 200 million accounts back in 2012, estimates on active accounts range from 60-100 thousand. This is still an impressive number when you consider the game’s lifespan.
If your game still has a decently large player base and is receiving consistent technical and content updates after fifteen years, you’re already substantially future-proof. A new framework will allow Jagex to stay a little more current with some of the improved graphical features allowed by NXT and become more technically future-proof, but it is their gameplay systems that have kept the more hardcore players hooked.
I'm thoroughly impressed with the comparison video above, which is almost enough to make me want to hop on and start grinding away once again. It's a far divide from the RuneScape I grew up playing in the early 2000s, but it has aged impressively considering its age and original systems.
Only time will tell if the move will be enough to revitalize RuneScape and introduce a new generation of gamers to one of the pioneers of browser MMORPGs. Not going to lie, all of this talk about RuneScape makes me want to bust out my Mithril pickaxe and get back to mining. Dig dig, chop chop.